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Douglas Mennin

Department :
Membership :
Associate Member
Core Research :
Neuro/Behavioral Science
Office :
Room 742 HN
Email :
Office Phone :
(212) 772-5567
Lab Room:
Room 741 HN
Education :
  • B.A., Oberlin College
  • Ph.D., Temple University
Research Interest :

Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Douglas Mennin has developed an active program of research in clinical trials and basic research examining the nature of mood and anxiety disorders including basic physiological mechanisms of generalized anxiety and major depression and, more recently, the role of worry and rumination in maintaining and exacerbating immunological processes such as chronic inflammation. He has also developed and evaluated an emotion regulation-based intervention for generalized anxiety and depression that was funded through an NIMH R34 mechanism. In a series of open trials and RCTs, this approach has yielded very strong effects in treating typically refractory disorders. Further, this work has identified a number of cognitive, physiological, and neural mechanisms that appear to mediate symptomatic outcome. His research has been funded by several organizations and institutes, including the National Institute of Mental Health. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed empirical articles, book chapters, and edited books. Dr. Mennin has also given over 30 invited lectures and presented over 125 symposia and posters.

Dr. Mennin's research interests focus on elucidating mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and treatment of generalized anxiety and depression. He is currently examining the role of neural and psychophysiological indicators of worry and rumination and how these indicators relate to physical functioning including gastric activity and chronic inflammation as well as the role of these factors in demonstrating clinical improvements via targeted psychosocial interventions.

Selected Publications :
  • Mennin, D. S., & Fresco, D. M. (2013). What, me worry and ruminate about DSM-V and RDoC?: The importance of targeting negative self-referential processing. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 20, 258–267.
  • Proudfit, G. H., Inzlicht, M., & Mennin, D. S. (2013). Anxiety and error monitoring:  O emotion, where art thou? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, Article 636, 1-4.
  • Aldao, A., Mennin, D. S., & McLaughlin, K. A. (2013). Differentiating worry and rumination: Evidence from context-dependent heart rate variability. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 613-619.
  • Mankus, A. M., *Aldao, A., *Kerns, C., *Wright, E. M., & Mennin, D. S. (2013). Mindfulness and heart rate variability in individuals with high and low generalized anxiety symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 386-391.
  • Cooper, S. E., Miranda, R., & Mennin, D. S. (2013). Behavioral indicators of emotion avoidance and subsequent worry in generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5, 566-583.
  • Aldao, A., & Mennin, D. S. (2012). Paradoxical physiological effects of implementing adaptive emotion regulation strategies in generalized anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 122-130.
  • Fales, C. L., Barch, D.M., Burgess, G. C., Schaefer, A., Mennin, D. S., Gray, J. R., & Braver, T. S. (2008). Anxiety and cognitive efficiency: Differential modulation of transient and sustained neural activity during a working memory task. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 239-253.
  • Mennin, D. S., & Fresco, D. M. (2013). Emotion Regulation Therapy (pp. 469-490). In J.J. Gross (Ed.), Handbook of Emotion Regulation (Second Edition). New York: Guilford Press.


  • Mennin, D. S. (2014, July). An Emotion Regulation Framework for Emphasizing Commonalities in Cognitive-Behavioural Treatments. Keynote address at the annual meeting of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), Birmingham, England, UK.